Reflexology is a complementary therapy that works on the feet or hands enabling the body to heal itself. . Reflexology may be used to restore and maintain the body's natural equilibrium and encourage healing.
A Reflexologist uses their hands only to apply pressure to the feet or hands. Sensitive, trained hands may detect imbalances in the feet, and by working on these points the Reflexologist can release blockages ease tension increase circulation and elimination might also be improved. This gentle therapy encourages the body to heal itself.
Who can benefit from reflexology?
Reflexology is suitable for all ages and may bring relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. This gentle therapy encourages the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance.
Many conditions may benefit from Reflexology - these include:
Stress, Anxiety, Depression
Hormonal imbalances e.g. PMS, Menopausal symptoms
Digestive disorders e.g. IBS
What Other Benefits can be Expected?
A sense of wellbeing
Support of the immune system
Elimination of toxins from the body
Many people use Reflexology as a way of relaxing the mind and body and counteracting stress. Some doctors, consultants and other health care professionals recognise reflexology as a well established, respected and effective therapy.
Reflexology may help people to cope on a physical, mental and emotional level thereby encouraging healing and maintainance in all areas of life and with ever increasing levels of stress, it is important for people take responsibility for their own health care needs.
After having completed a course of Reflexology treatments for a specific condition, many people find it beneficial to continue to have occasional treatments to maintain health and well-being.
Whilst the art of Reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, it wasn't until 1913 that Dr William Fitzgerald introduced this therapy to the West as 'zone therapy'. He noted that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone.
In the 1930's Eunice Ingham further developed this zone theory into what is now known as Reflexology. She observed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the
Recent research from Japan, published in the research Journal 'Neuroscience Letters', has started to shed light on the ideas behind Reflexology using MRI's (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) of the brain.